Monday, September 5, 2016

The History of LABOR DAY

This is a reblog from both 2008 and 2009 for new followers who haven't seen it.

A young sweeper in Central Mills; Sylacauga, Alabama

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In between eating that hot dog or hamburger at your barbecue, you might want to learn more about the history of this holiday.

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union in NYC sought to create "a day off for the working citizens".

Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. All fifty states have made Labor Day a state holiday. In European countries, China and other parts of the world, May Day, the first day in May, is a holiday to celebrate workers and labor unions. Before it became an international workers holiday, May Day was a celebration of spring and the promise of summer.

3 comments:

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Thanks Rosemary! I did a bit of a Labor Day lesson post myself yesterday. Being self-employed, I will be working at least part of this weekend (as always), but I hope to squueze in some fun and productivity too. Right now, I'm off to finish up my Saturday chores. Have a happy weekend!

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

great pic!!!

annette said...

Thank you,Rosemary. You may be interested in THe Woman Behind the New Deal (biography of Frances Perkins).We have her to thank for so much that has been attributed to FDR.She was not only his Secretary of Labor ,but his moral conscience.The author is Kirsten Downey.